Postscripts, promises, proposal and pledges

If you read my earlier blog on While Walking the Dog you might remember the words that were written on the pavement.  I have looked each day to see if there has been any alteration to the words, and today, hooray there was.

A postscript had been added that said :

“I really do love you.  I will love you forever” and under that in a different hand was written “I love you too.  If you marry me I will love you forever and ever until I die”.  And then as a further postscript in the first hand was written “YES! YES! YES!”

I am so happy for that unknown couple.  I hope they live a long and happy time together – that they grow old together in harmony.

Or maybe they are not young.  The story that I concocted for them had them as two youngish people, maybe in their 20s and I pictured them as a heterosexual couple.  Maybe I am wrong on all counts.

They may be an older couple coming together after a long time apart.  In this story they knew each other when they were young and drifted apart.  They each married other people and now they are on their own and have met up again – maybe through the internet.   I actually have a friend for whom this story was true except that they didn’t meet up again through the internet.

Maybe it is a gay couple.  In my version of this story they have been torn apart by family who don’t/won’t accept their sexual preferences.  And now they have overcome these objections and they can get together.  Here in New Zealand same-sex ‘marriages’ are legal.  They are referred to as Civil Unions rather than Marriages.

In my role of Wedding Coordinator at Old St Paul’s we conducted several Civil Union ceremonies a couple of which were very solemn and moving.  I am quite sure they will last as couples and will grow old in harmony.

So to the couple who have made Postscripts, Promises, a Proposal and Pledges on the Pavement I send all good wishes for a long and happy future together.

“Marriage is not a ritual or an end. It is a long, intricate, intimate dance together and nothing matters more than your own sense of balance and your choice of partner.” – Amy Bloom, American writer 1953 –

















20 responses to “Postscripts, promises, proposal and pledges

  1. My parents will be married 66 years in Sept. Most of mine lasted about 66 days.


    • Hi Carl “Most” of yours lasted 6 days – how many were there?


      • Not that many I suppose. A bit of exaggeration on my part. But it does characterize that most friends and relationships have been temporary for me and not necessarily for bad reasons. I do lament how people do come into and go out of our lives for one reason or another. Of course there are those we couldn’t kick out of our lives quick enough as we. Excepts for kids and parents I have been alone last 15 years.


  2. Such a wonderfully romantic story! May whoever the couple was be blessed in their future! 🙂


  3. It is so romantic..and I like how you considered different scenarios behind the words!


  4. I second that emotion… Good wishes for a long and happy life together!
    Judith, the first time you mentioned the writing on the sidewalk it really captured my imagination and I have thought off and on about that couple, imagining their lives, filling in the blanks… and you just did the same beautifully. Thank you for the update. -Martie


  5. I love this, Judith! Happy endings are so much fun!



  6. Awww, that’s lovely. I love happy endings, although technically I guess this is actually a happy beginning.


  7. InsideJourneys

    I’m glad there was a response.
    My best to the happy couple!


  8. How romantic! I love happy endings, which are often happy beginnings as well. 🙂


  9. totally agree Sharon.


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